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Hypertextuality and Historicity in the Gospels


Bartosz Adamczewski

This book demonstrates that the Gospels originated from a sequential hypertextual reworking of the contents of Paul’s letters and, in the case of Matthew and John, of the Acts of the Apostles. Consequently, the new quest for the historical Jesus, which takes this discovery into serious consideration, results in a rather limited reconstruction of Jesus’ life. However, since such a reconstruction includes, among others, Jesus’ messiahship, behaving in a way which was later interpreted as pointing to him as the Son of God, instituting the Lord’s Supper, being conscious of the religious significance of his imminent death, dying on the cross, and appearing as risen from the dead to Cephas and numerous other Jewish believers, it can be reconciled with the principles of the Christian faith.


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I thank my dear Mother, Jolanta Adamczewska, MSc; my Diocese of War- szawa-Praga; and the community of the Catholic Parish of St Mark in Warsaw for their encouragement and spiritual support during my writing this book. I would also like to thank the fellow scholars who by their thought-provok- ing questions during my habilitation colloquium helped me to clarify some of the ideas which are contained in this book. My thanks also go to the staff of the Tübingen University Library for their help during my summer bibliographical research. Last but not least, I want to thank Mr Łukasz Gałecki and the members of the staff of the Publisher who helped turn the electronic version of the text into a book.

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